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Title: John J Smyth, Castledamph to James A Smyth, Ontario
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileSmyth, Bella Maggie/42C
SenderSmyth, Bella Maggie
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupationfarming household
Sender ReligionProtestant (Presbyterian)
OriginCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
DestinationEssex Co., Ontario, Canada
RecipientSmyth, James Alexander
Recipient Gendermale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.605051
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLTE
Word Count450
Transcript[Letter 3]

[Page 1]
January 4th 1894
Dear Brother
In answer to
your letter which we received
on Jan. 2nd we are all glad to know
that you are all well We heard
on Sunday last that Aunt
was unwell and that she could
not go to Annies at Christmas
but I hope she is alright again
I suppose you were thinking
on the ball all night Its

[Page 2]
likely I did not give you
have [sic] enough news about it
Mother says that it would
[sic] been better we had not told
you about it till it would [sic] been
over I will give you a list
of all that was at it there were
nineteen McKelveys six from
Glengaw, four of James ones Castledamph
3 of Andy’s ones, 2 from Glenroan, 3 from
Glencoppagh and one from Gortin [Lisnacreight?]
3 of the Barkers, 4 of the Hustons [Houstons?]
and William Eden, 5 of the Gordon’s,
5 of the Gilkisons [Gilkinsons?], 3 of the McClellands’
and Lizzie and Mr. Hamilton
Jamie [James?] Dunn roadside and Johnnie Dunn

[Page 3]
3 of the McKernans plumbridge,
Robert Glass and John Glass
and two Bradkeel, 3 of James Campbell ones,
3 McKnickles [McNicholls?] and four Walkers,
Jamey [James?] Hay and Kate two boys from
Cappy, a Mr Laughlin and McNickle
from Gorticastle, Tommy McFarland,
Willie [William?] Ballantine [Ballantyne?] and
Bob’s ones, Johnnie Cochrane and son
Uncle Charles and Aunt and the
four Beatties, I think that was
them all the four stewards [Stewarts?]
brought up the forms about one
o clock and William and John
McKnight left them back on Wednesday.
Daniel was the musician but
he got help from Uncle Charles and
James Barker the Beatties was
only at their tea when Willie [William?]
Barker and James came. James had
his own fiddle with him.

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So there was no less than three fiddles
you talk about making a box for
yours, James Barker has a grand case
for his, the fiddle and case cost him
£3 in Scotland he is a very good
player too the young stewards [Stewarts?]
done very well for the first time but
Willie [William?] Barker gave them a hand at
the money. I think there never was
a ball was so quiet no trouble in any
way from night till morning there
was not a duncan at it from no place
It will soon be time for me to
close we are all for Uncle James
tonight. William is up today he
missed the fun last night but I
think he won’t tonight. Tommy
[Thomas?] Hay will start tomorrow morning
he is away now up to view the grave
yard so this will be his last night for
this time.
Good Bye
Bella M. [Margaret] Smyth